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<i>Mukhalafat</i> in Damascus: The Form of an Informal Settlement

Etienne Léna

in Popular Housing and Urban Land Tenure in the Middle East

Published by American University in Cairo Press

Published in print August 2012 | ISBN: 9789774165405
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9781617971358 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5743/cairo/9789774165405.003.0002
Mukhalafat in Damascus: The Form of an Informal Settlement

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This chapter details the stages of construction of an informal settlement in the countryside near Damascus. It analyzes the unified look created by the use of concrete blocks, then examines the negotiations related to passageways between houses, and describes the physical connections created between houses by the water pipes attached to artesian wells. It presents the complexity of informal urban landscapes in the countryside around Damascus, made up of groups of buildings and visible networks based on kinship and neighborhood relationships.

Keywords: Informal settlement; building techniques; social networks; Damascus

Chapter.  8336 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: International Relations

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